In Australia the main causes of amputations are vascular disease and diabetes. Other causes of amputation are traumatic injuries, infections, tumours and congenital disorders.
Australia has the second highest rate of amputations in the developed world. (1) There are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes.(2) In Queensland the NDSS figures equate to 821 amputations from diabetes alone.
Amputees Queensland recognises the challenges of recovering from a traumatic event such as losing a limb or learning that you require an amputation. Our peer support volunteers can provided support, encouragement and information either face to face, via telephone or online.